Watercolor

Frederick Brosen

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Frederick Brosen, Via del Portico d’Ottavia, Rome, 2015, Watercolor over graphite on paper, 38 x 26 inches.

Class Description

The luminosity and nuance of watercolor make it perfectly suited for landscape and architectural subjects. Working over a preliminary graphite drawing, students are taught a classic transparent wash technique, allowing for a subtle build-up of light, shadow and local color. The separate elements of landscape—skies, trees, and architecture—are addressed, all with the goal of cohesively combining the particulars into expressive paintings.

The class will include frequent lectures and demonstrations, covering the full range of subject matter. Students are encouraged to bring in whatever reference materials they choose: sketches, reproductions, photos, etc. The class atmosphere will be relaxed and noncompetitive, enabling all levels to learn comfortably together. Students in this class create work without using models or still life.

About the Instructor

Frederick Brosen’s watercolors have been featured in over thirty solo museum and gallery exhibitions across the country, most recently at the South Street Seaport Museum and at Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York City, both in 2012. His work is in the permanent collections of over a dozen museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New-York Historical Society. He is the recipient of the City College of New York Career Achievement Award (2011) and of two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants. In 2006 a major exhibition of his watercolors was featured at the Museum of the City of New York in conjunction with the publication of Still New York, a monograph of his New York City watercolors with an introduction by Ric Burns.

Mr. Brosen is represented by Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York. In 2015 his work was featured in Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, premiering at the Wadsworth Atheneum before traveling to three additional museums. The exhibit will conclude at the Brooklyn Museum in 2016.

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